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Research support for Law Graduate Researchers

This guide will help law PhD and MPhil students to begin their legal research using the University Library's resources

The Law Library is one of eleven University of Melbourne branch libraries and part of a larger collection of special and cultural collections, museums and archives. These areas are staffed by discipline specialists.

The law library offers research consultations for law PhD students. Contact us at

Library databases

Access key legal databases through the Law Library website's Research Databases page. Options are arranged alphabetically, or by material type, jurisdiction or subject.

Request material

We welcome your purchase recommendations. You can make requests for the collection via this webform. Items will generally be acquired in an electronic format.

Loan materials that can be sent to Melbourne Law School


You have access to books from a selection university libraries in Australia and New Zealand via the BONUS+ service. Books are sent to the library for you to borrow.

Interlibrary loans can source books from libraries around the world where they are not otherwise available.

Borrowing in person from other institutions


  • Reciprocal borrowing from Victorian universities (CAVAL)
  • University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ)

To access these collections you need to visit these libraries in person. Check their requirements before you go.

You can search across all Australian library catalogues at once using Trove search.